How to compose a competition piece

About this course

Have you ever listened to or watched a music competition?  You might have been wowed by the performance, but have you ever thought about the actual music that was being played?  What makes a musician choose a piece for competition performance?

In this course I will compose a competition piece alongside you, from the opening melody to the final recording.  I’ll take you through the composing process step-by-step, offering handy hints and tips along the way.  At the end of the course you can listen to and download my final piece so that you’ve got a solid example to refer to.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to compose a piece to show off what their instrument can do!  It is relevant for GCSE (or equivalent) students and there is a Taking it to the next level section included in the course, making it suitable for A level (or equivalent) candidates also.

Course summary

  • Explore the competition repertoire
  • Find out what makes a piece have the ‘wow’ factor
  • Analyse existing competition pieces
  • Compose a competition piece in two movements
  • Produce an effective piano accompaniment
  • Discover how to stretch your instrument’s capabilities
  • Develop your melodic themes.
  • Modulate to different keys
  • Make a recording

Course Information

Estimated Time: 5 hours

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Course Instructor

Rachel Shapey Rachel Shapey Author

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